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2024 Iran Attack On Israel

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Updated Apr 15, 2024 at 12:51PM EDT by Zach.

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Overview

The 2024 Iran Attack On Israel, also known as the Iran 300 Drones and Missiles Attack On Israel, refers to a large-scale drone and missile attack on Israel from Iran that occurred in mid-April 2024 amid the Israel-Hamas conflict. On April 13th, 2024, media outlets reported the offensive occurred in retaliation for an Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic complex in Syria. The Iranian military then launched 300 projectiles, including around 170 drones and over 120 ballistic missiles, toward Israel in retaliation but a reported "99 percent" of them were intercepted by Israel’s aerial defense. The news sparked a viral debate on the internet, as well as a notable amount of dark humor jokes and WW3 memes about the air strike, among other reactions.

Background

On April 1st, 2024, an Israeli airstrike destroyed a building belonging to Iran's embassy in Damascus, Syria, according to Iranian state media. The CBS Evening News official YouTube[1] channel posted a video that same day explaining the incident (shown below), amassing more than 80,000 views and 736 likes in two weeks.



A day after the strike, On April 2nd, 2024, Iran[2] vowed to retaliate after it accused Israel of bombing its embassy complex.

Developments

2024 Iran 300 Drones and Missiles Attack On Israel

On April 12th, 2024, BBC[3] reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had met members of his war cabinet amid the Iran warnings of an airstrike. The post (shown below, left) garnered over 810 likes and 420 retweets in two days. On April 13th, several social media users and media outlets reported Iran launched a wave of drones and missiles towards Israel.

For example, X[4] user @spectatorindex stated that a series of attacks over Israeli airspace occurred that same day, which amassed more than 52,000 likes and 15,000 retweets in a day (shown below, right).


DOG BBC News (World) NEWS @BBCWorld Follow Netanyahu meets top officials as fear of Iran attack on Israel grows BBC NEWS bbc.com Netanyahu meets top officials as fear of Iran attack on Israel grows US officials tell CBS News that Iran is ready to launch a major strike imminently. 11:06 AM Apr 12, 2024 X SPECTATOR The Spectator Index INDEX Subscribe @spectatorindex IRAN ATTACK ON ISRAEL - Over 50 Iranian drones have been launched towards Israel - Set to take several hours before reaching Israeli airspace - Drone activity sighted over Iraq - Airspace of Iran, Jordan and Israel set to be shut - Israeli military and air defenses on high alert - First direct Iranian attack on Israeli territory 5:02 PM Apr 13, 2024 28.7M Views

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the attacks in a press conference on April 13th, 2024, saying "Whoever hurts us, we will hurt him." Netanyahu's response was posted on YouTube[5] by @markets, amassing roughly 15,000 views and 213 likes in a day (seen below).



Online Reactions

Throughout the days after Iran's attack on Israel on April 13th, 2024, many different celebrities and government figures across the world voiced their support for Israel, among other sentiments.

On April 14th, United States President Joe Biden met with G7 leaders amid fears of a wider war in the Middle East. Biden spoke with the Israeli Prime Minister and said the U.S. would not participate in Israel’s response to Iran, as the @TODAY[6] news report explained. The video (shown below, left) amassed more than 73,000 views and 1,200 likes in a day.

Also on April 14th, 2024, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged all sides to show restraint, saying, "We are counting on the regional states to solve the existing problems with political and diplomatic means," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Times of India YouTube[7] channel posted a video with Russia's full quote that same day (shown below, right), amassing over 719,000 views and 6,800 likes in a day.



Netizens also voiced their support for either Israel or Iran, with many responses using AI art to express their thoughts on the conflict. For example, on April 14th, X[8] user @jacksonhinklle posted AI art featuring a lion with its fur covered by Iran's flag ripping Israel's flag on the ground (shown below, left), which amassed more than 129,000 likes and 15,000 retweets in a day. (shown below, left)

On the same day, X[9] user @AviKaner posted an AI art created by Matthew Morgenstern featuring Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi alongside other men riding missiles. The post (shown below, right) received roughly 60 likes and 20 retweets in a day.



Numerous memes referencing the offensive, particularly about the possibility of World War III, appeared on platforms like Reddit in mid-April 2024. For example, on April 13th, Redditor Ryan_G0sling posted an Oh That's Real Nice meme to the /r/dankmemes[10] subreddit, receiving over 6,700 upvotes and 270 comments in 48 hours (seen below, left).

On April 15th, Redditor xxx posted a Hey Little Man Hows It Goin? meme to /r/dankmemes,[11] which received over 7,000 upvotes and 200 comments in roughly nine hours (seen below, right).


OH THAT'S WW3 on its way Breaking News: Iran just launched drones and messiles at Israel in retaliation to Israel bombing its embassy hey little man hows it goin? ET The Economic Times Iran-Israel war can lead to World War 3. 3 hours ago 2024 2024 yea

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in reply to Evilthing

On one hand, it appears that both sides seem to have calmed down for now. Iran has stated their attack is concluded and will only make further moves as a retaliation for subsequent events. However, even with the U.S. telling Israel to show restraint, it remains to be seen if they will. This was the first time Iran has directly launched an attack at Israel, even if it proved ultimately ineffective at causing damage. That said, Israel got what it wanted by attacking the consulate in Damascus and by repelling the Iranian attack, and Iran can say it launched an attack that took Israel and 4 allied nations to repel. Perfect time for both sides to deescalate for now, and they all know it.

On the other hand, if any further escalation occurs, I would not be terribly surprised if it came from an F-35 airstrike on Iran's nuclear facilities since they've now proven their willingness to launch an attack at Israel directly. It wouldn't be the first time they've struck a supposed nuclear facility outside their borders.. That's a really big if, though, and I'm far more certain of the first option.

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